Newark TSA officer pleads guilty to theft from passengers

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  1. tom911
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/14/us-airport-bribes-idUSTRE71D72V20110214
     
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    I'm imagining that it was from Int'l pax who carry a lot of cash in their carry-ons/checked luggage!:eek:
     
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    For some reason I am reminded of the novel "The Firm" right about now ...
     
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    That's exactly what it was.

     
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    I guess the big int'l airports are just the ones that make the news. You never hear of this stuff happening at FAT, for example, but I'm sure that it does (on a smaller scale.)

    Less people = Less opportunity
     
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    ...and they laughed at the money belt...
     
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    Wouldn't you have to take one of those off now to go through the naked scanners?
     
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    no no no, it must have been the baggage handlers who did this :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm surprised this never happened to me given how I always stock up at BevMo when visiting my parents. Maybe booze his harder to conceal.
     
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    I hope they throw away the key..
     
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    On the bright side, at least they saved a hand-wash in this case! [​IMG] From your article:

     
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    Yes, to paraphrase President Obama, I wish the TSA would treat me like a dog. [​IMG]
     
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    If we are forced to use the TSA, then a TSA employee caught stealing on duty should be subject to much harsher penalties than normal.
     
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    I just don't like to have to fly through Newark! Period. I am going to have to go through JFK this summer and not looking forward to that too much either.
     
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    At least "Another TSA employee tipped police off about the theft, the district attorney’s office said."
     
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    The shame of it all is that, I would guess, that the foreign visitors to the US knew that the money was stolen but declined to do anything about it because it would cause them to miss their flight or they felt scared not knowing how much or how little power the TSA could have to imprison or arrest them.

    Really, this is horrible because it's a case of the more powerful picking on those who cannot defend themselves. It's even worse than them picking on someone like me who has the tools and knowledge to fight back --- though I am quite certain that if money were stolen from my bag, there is little I could actually do about it.
     
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    I once had a security agent steal $50.00 from my purse. He was doing a hand search of my purse and had laid about half of its contents, including all of my credit cards, on the counter and then took it back to be rescanned. I, of course, stayed with my credit cards and makeup--you know the important stuff. :) When we got on the plane, we were running late like always, I noticed that the $50.00 bill was missing.

    Thereafter, I called the TSA and they reviewed the tape and actually saw him pocket the money. Needless to say he lost his job. Pretty silly move on his part if you ask me.

    Although they really had no reason to do so, UA did send me a $50 coupon to use on a future flight.
     
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